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Welcome to Smart Drive UK driving school in Portlethen.

Over the years, we’ve helped hundreds of successful learners pass their driving test and go on to become highly-skilled drivers. It can be a herculean task to pick a driving school to work with in the UK, due to the sheer number of options available to you.

With Smart Drive UK, you no longer have to waste time in the selection process, as with us you are guaranteed to work with truly qualified instructors, who will not only help ensure you pass your test, but also that you become a responsible driver. If you’re looking for a patient, reliable and qualified driving instructor, then your search ends here. With us, you will only work with a DVSA approved driving instructor, so you can be certain of exceptional service.

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Is it possible to pick me up from one place and drop me off at another?

If you’d like a driving school that offers flexibility in pick-up times, we are your best bet. One of the things that sets us apart from the crowd is the fact that our instructors have no problem with picking you up for classes from anywhere you want, and will also drop you off at any location of your choosing. For instance, if you need an arrangement where you will be picked up at a certain location and dropped at home at the end of the day, we can help. Want to discuss how we can help you with this? Get in touch with us immediately.

Confidence building

There is nothing wrong with feeling scared the first time you get behind the wheel. The most experienced drivers still feel nervous every now and then. There are several things that can go wrong while driving, so it is normal to feel anxious. At Smart Drive UK, our driving lessons are designed to take away the fear and doubt associated with driving.

Over the years, we’ve developed a system that can help reduce nervousness as you develop your driving skills. Our instructors are skilled and patient, and know the best ways to help you feel relaxed as you drive. Got a question for us? Get in touch and we’ll be delighted to respond.

Great chance of first time pass

Most learner drivers think it is normal to fail a driving test on the first attempt. The number of people that fail their driving test may be high, but the number that passes the test the first time is also high. Results have shown us time and time again that a first-time pass is a very likely outcome of your driving test.

Failing a driving test will leave you feeling very disappointed, when you factor in the mental stress and finances that went into the training. If you are looking for a driving school with lessons that fully prepare you to pass your driving test, Smart Drive UK is one of the best options. We are delighted with the fact that we have some of the best pass rates in the UK.

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What type of cars do you have for learners?

We currently have an array of manual cars you can chose to learn in, and so the choice is completely down to you. Can’t work out the best option for you based on your requirements? Why don’t you discuss them with us, and we can help you make a decision.

Can I start driving lessons without having passed the theory test?

Many people will think about passing the theory test before taking practical driving lessons. There are benefits to this advice, as it is in your best interest to, first and foremost, understand how a car works before you get into it.

One thing we have learnt in our experience here at Smart Drive UK, however, is that combining theoretical and practical training is always the best bet. With this, you can immediately see how the things you have learnt in theory can work in practice. Another advantage to starting your driving test right away, is that you will be better prepared for the theory test.

What is the length of time for each lesson?

We know you’d like to find out how long it will take you to complete a lesson, so you can better plan your day. The length of time it will take to complete one lesson is dependent on your learning ability and how the teacher chooses to deliver the lesson. However, with our instructors, and our carefully crafted training system, you can expect to spend an average of 2 hours on each lesson. Interested in a different training schedule? Call us on 0845 017 9778 to find out more.

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How often should I have my driving lessons?

We all have different schedules. However, it is best if a learner driver gets at least two hours of driving training every week. Depending on your situation, you can decide to keep this schedule. Or you can opt for a more flexible schedule, which we’ll be more than happy to accommodate. Many of our clients that have the time prefer opting for back to back training every day, so they can be prepared for their driving test faster. Whatever your schedule is, we’ve got you covered.

Can I have lessons in my own car?

Certain people prefer receiving their driving training behind the wheel of their own car. This could be a great idea, especially if you intend on using your car to take the driving test. You may also be looking to familiarise yourself with the vehicle, especially if it’s a new one. Regardless of what your motive might be, Smart Drive UK can deliver driving lessons in your own car. However, this is only possible if the car is roadworthy, registered, and comprehensively insured. One of our instructors will notify your car insurance company that your vehicle will be used for driving lessons, and will also inspect your car to verify its valid registration.

Can I have more than one lesson a week?

If your schedule permits for more than one driving lesson per week, you are welcome to take the opportunity. Our Smart Drive UK fixed and flexible schedule plans can be personalised to suit even the busiest individual’s schedule. If you want a sped up training programme that consists of multiple lessons every week, we’ve got you covered. What matters to us is that you learn at your own pace and are sufficiently prepared to pass your driving test on the first try. We have a very impressive first time pass rate, so you’re in reliable hands no matter your schedule or learning speed.

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What Kind Of Driving Lessons Do You Offer In Portlethen

Booking a driving lesson Portlethen

Are you looking for the best place to take driving lessons? Now that you’ve found us, you don’t need to look any further! If you are in Portlethen, learning how to drive is as easy as signing up with Smart Drive UK. To get started on booking for lessons that best suit your schedule, or for any other enquiries, call us now for a friendly chat, or send us an email via our website.

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Manual Driving Lessons

Are you interested in manual driving lessons? Then look no further. When working with our skilled and experienced instructors, manual driving lessons become easy and enjoyable. Aside from driving, our instructors will take the time to teach you about how manual vehicles work. Safe changing of gears, controlling the clutch, and confidently manoeuvring through traffic are just a few of the crucial things you’ll learn during your manual driving lesson.

A major benefit of learning to drive a manual vehicle is you don’t have to learn to drive an automatic afterwards. This is because our manual training programme covers both types.

What is Pass Plus?

Pass Plus is targeted to benefit UK drivers who have just recently passed their driving test. A lot of new drivers lack the confidence to drive on roads with actual traffic. Fortunately, once your driving test has been passed, Smart Drive UK can be there for you by providing you everything you need to be a safe and confident driver on any road. Pass Plus training lets you leave your usual roads to experience other roads first hand, after your initial training has familiarised you with major road conditions. Would you like to find out more? Find out more about our Pass Plus scheme and how it can help you by calling us now.

New Hazard Perception Test

You can’t pass the UK driving test without passing the Hazard Perception Test. You have to pass the Hazard Perception test before you can be issued a full driver’s license During the test, various videos depicting normal road scenes and a developing hazard will be shown to you. You need to respond appropriately to the developing hazard to pass the test. As part of our training at Smart Drive UK, we offer comprehensive preparation to all our students for the Hazard Perception Test, which comes before the practical driving test at the DVLA. We will provide you access to various revision questions, as well as our collection of Hazard Perception videos.

How Much Do Driving Lessons In Portlethen Cost?

When learning to drive with Smart Drive UK, not only is it affordable, it’s also interesting and fun. Our pricing policy is designed to be affordable for everyone truly interested in becoming an expert driver. Expect nothing less than competitive prices when you choose our service. You can choose to go for a cheaper driving instructor in Portlethen, but you’ll be missing out on the quality and fun of learning with Smart Drive UK.

What is the cheapest way of booking my driving lessons?

Are you spending more than you want on booking driving lessons? Aside from contacting us via phone, you can take advantage of our convenient and inexpensive option of booking online on our website. Regardless of how you book, we’ll always have an excellent deal for you.

Driving Lessons and Courses Prices

Beginner’s packages

You can choose from any of our diverse driving lesson packages at Smart Drive UK to suit your unique needs. Maybe you started learning to drive somewhere else and didn’t finish, or you learnt elsewhere and didn’t pass the first time. We’ve also got something for learners starting from scratch. Regardless of what your needs are, we’ve got a suitable package for you.

Portlethen Beginners Packages:

5 Lesson Starter Package£100.00

1 Lesson is the equivalent to 1 hour.
Beginners packages are for pupils who have had no previous experience

Portlethen Driving Lesson Prices:

First lessonFree*
1 hour£35.00
10 Hour block booking£320.00
1 Hour Motorway**£40.00
Intensive Driving Courses Available:PASS WITHIN ONE WEEK
15 Hours ( Previous experience 25/30 hours )£460.00
20 Hours ( Previous experience 20/25 hours )£610.00
25 Hours ( Previous experience 15/20 hours )£780.00
30 Hours ( Previous experience 10/15 hours )£925.00
35 Hours ( Previous experience 5/10 hours )£1100.00
40 Hours ( No previous experience)£1235.00
Pass Plus – Six Hours£200.00
  • First lesson is free for Pupils with experience.
  • Motorway lessons are available only to qualified drivers.
  • Intensive courses ranging from 15 to 35 hours completed within 1-2 weeks. Intensive courses over 35 hours completed within 1, 2 or 3 weeks. Price is Per Hour.

Making a booking for driving lessons in Portlethen could not be easier! Simply give us a call on 0845 017 9778, 01903 691002 or 07760 767170 and speak to us direct. Alternatively you can send a text to: 07760 767170 leaving your name and area details for us to call you back with, Or use the contact form on this website to let us know of your requirements. We aim to respond as quickly as possible to all enquiries.
To make an online booking or enquiry with us for your driving lessons in Portlethen, click Here.

Does Smart Drive UK offer refresher driving courses?

If you haven’t driven a car in a while and would like a refresher course, you’ve found the right team to help you. Smart Drive UK offers refresher courses to individuals who know how to drive, but have not driven in a long time for one reason or another. Many drivers have, over the years, benefited from our short refresher course and you can too.

Do Smart Drive UK offer intensive driving courses?

Are you looking to take intensive driving lessons? Maybe there’s a job vacancy you want and the position requires driving skills. Any number of other reasons could be your motivation for wanting intensive driving lessons. Regardless of what your reason is, we can help. In no time, we can train you to be a skilful, fully confident, and licensed driver.

Do Smart Drive UK offer advanced driving courses?

Want to take your driving skills to a higher level? Maybe you took basic driving lessons or you learnt to drive at home. Regardless of your circumstances, we’ve got the expertise, experience, and patience to develop you into an expert driver. Several drivers in Portlethen have been able to advance their skills thanks to our advanced driving courses. For more information, please contact us via email or phone.

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Enjoy savings on block bookings

Meeting the expectations of our customers is at the core of what we do at Smart Drive UK. For this reason, you get to pay less for block bookings. Whether your staff needs driving lessons, or your students would benefit from a beginner’s course in driving, you’ll be making the right choice by choosing Smart Drive UK. Wouldn’t you like to gain some insight into how our block booking works? All we need is an email from you detailing what your requirements are and the number of people in your group.

How do you make a payment for driving lessons?

Like everything else we do, we believe in giving our customers the privilege of convenience. We do this by ensuring ease of payment. Depending on which is easier, you can write a cheque or make payment directly into the driving instructor’s account electronically. You are also permitted to make cash payments in each lesson. Ultimately, we are interested in a system that works for you.

What tests do I need to pass before I get my license?

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Theory Test Practice

Why worry about passing your driving test when we have a solution to make it as easy as can be. Practice matters, so we offer mock theory test practice ahead of the DVLA driving exam. As long as you can pass this, you can pass the DVLA theory practice test, which is required before you can take the actual theory test.

Qualify for your driving license in Portlethen

You are required to pass the official DVLA driving test before you can obtain your driver’s license. We have little doubt that you will be able to ace the test after completing one of our driving courses. So many of our customers have passed the test the first time that we are confident you can achieve similar results.

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Make a booking for your test

How do I go about booking a test?

It’s recommended you book the driving test via the official Gov.UK website. We recommend this because you may end up having to pay more if you use third-party websites. You are required to pass the theory test and hazard perception test before you can book the driving test. Sound confusing? The process will get clearer when you work with our instructors at Smart Drive UK, who will guide you from day one.

How long are the tests?

The practical driving test is broken into five parts: an eyesight check, safety questions, driving ability, vehicle reversing, and independent driving. It is the same process for automatic transmission as it is for manual transmission. The actual driving test takes an average of 40 minutes to complete.

What you should expect on the day of the test.

Once you have showed your provisional license and theory test certificate, you will be asked to read the digits of a license plate a few feet away to prove you have good eyesight. Next, you will have to demonstrate your knowledge by answering a series of show and tell questions, but only if you pass the eye test. After this stage, you are required to prove to the examiner that you can successfully complete a reversing manoeuvre, plus drive safely and effectively on different types of roads. The test includes 20 minutes of independent driving, possibly with an emergency stop. You can expect to spend about 40 minutes on the driving test. Nothing you encounter during the practical driving test is beyond what you have already covered in your driving lessons, so while it may be nerve-racking, nothing will be entirely new.

Post-Test

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What happens before you get your full driving license?

Great job acing that practical driving test. You can now proceed to the next step, which is to apply for a proper driving license. Once the results of your practical driving test are sent to the DVLA, your license will be processed. Within three weeks of completing the practical test, you should receive your license. At Smart Drive UK, we are always available to guide you through the process up until you receive your driving license. Until you have been officially licensed as a qualified driver, our job is not done.

Further lessons for after the test in Portlethen

Passing the test is the easy part, the real challenge is when you start driving. Now that you are driving in the real world, you will have to contend with actual traffic, driving at night, and driving in adverse weather such as snow and rain. You don’t have to handle this on your own. With our post-test driving lessons, Smart Drive UK can help you get used to motorway driving both in and around Portlethen.

Advanced Driver courses in Portlethen

Are you in Portlethen? Have you been off the road for a long time and are looking to brush up your driving skills? We can help you there. With our short-term refresher courses at Smart Drive UK, hundreds of people have improved their driving skills. Call our Portlethen office today and you’ll soon brush up your driving skills and boost your confidence. Feel free to reach us via email or text to learn more about how we can help you.

Drive Better with a Refresher Course

You may need to boost your skills with a short refresher driving course. Our series of refresher driving courses can help you resume driving again. Discover our refresher courses and more when you call us today.

FAQ's

To apply for your first provisional driving licence you need contact the DVSA. The easiest way is to follow the instructions online by clicking on the following link.

No you do not have to start work as soon as you qualify. However it would make sense not to leave it too long before you put your knowledge to good use to ensure you do not forget any key information and techniques that you have learnt during you training programme.

Yes. The training programme is very flexible and will fit around your work and family commitments.

To become a driving instructor you must be 21 years or above. You must have held a full driving licence for 3 years or more and have no more than six penalty points to be able to register. You must have a criminal record check completed and be a fit and proper person to be able to be added to the driving instructor register. To qualify you must pass three tests. Part one = Theory and Hazard perception. Part Two = Driving test. Part Three = Instructional Ability Test

We will provide on going support once you have qualified. There are also different motoring organisations that support continuous development for driving instructors.

You have unlimited attempts on the part one test but a maximum of three attempts on the part two and three tests. If you fail an attempt then you can re book a test. If you fail the third attempt on the part 2 or 3 tests then you cannot proceed further and you will have to re register and start the entire process again. You will have to wait a full two years from the date you passed your part one test before you can start again. The following link shows details of the qualifying process.https://www.gov.uk/browse/driving/teaching-people-to-drive

Your driving instructor can be in the car with you if you want to. This is your choice and the driving test examiner will ask you if you would like this. Your driving instructor will discuss this with you prior to the driving test to ensure the decision is of benefit to you.

You can take your driving test in any car as long as you are fully insured. In most cases the candidate uses the driving instructors car that they have been taking lessons in as this is more familiar to you.

By taking on board the feedback given to you by your driving instructor will be the best way to ensure you increase the likelihood of passing your driving test. Where necessary, make note of this feedback after each lesson so you can reflect on it. Then prior to your next lesson you can be better prepared. You can look at additional driving materials to enhance your learning of which your driving instructor can advise.

Your driving instructor will advise you when you are ready to book/take your practical driving test based on your progress level within your driving lessons. They know the standard you need to achieve to pass and this is the standard that they will assess you on.

All our driving instructor cars will have dual controls.

In most cases learning to drive an automatic car will be quicker than learning to drive a manual car but this does depend on each individual.

Yes you can take driving lessons whilst pregnant. Please take advise from your Doctor or medical professional if you have any concerns.

To pass your driving test the main costs is for your driving lesson fees. In addition to this you need to plan for the driving test fees. This link will show the current test fees applicable.

https://www.gov.uk/driving-test-cost

Your driving lessons are designed to teach you how to drive safely and correctly within the laws of the UK. Having a good understanding of how to deal with various junctions, situations and road networks. Various manoeuvres are also taught so they can be completed to the correct standard, including good observation, good accuracy and good control throughout. A lesson plan is followed to ensure all areas are covered.

You need to contact your driving instructor direct to cancel or change a driving lesson. Terms and conditions do apply with regards to cancellations and we ask you to provide a minimum of 48 hour notice for this.

By contacting our office by Phone, text or contact form via how website, we will understand your requirements and select the appropriate driving instructor to help you. The driving instructor will then call you direct to introduce themselves and then discuss your availability in more detail and book your driving lessons time and date to suit your needs.

Your first driving lesson will be structured around your ability and previous experience. If you have not had any experience before, then the first lesson is usually gaining basic understanding and control of the vehicle in a relatively quiet location. This will include The Cockpit Drill and Controls lessons followed by Moving off and Stopping on the left.

Driving lesson prices vary depending on location. To find out the prices for specific locations please visit our website prices page and select thte appropriate area.

https://www.smartdriveuk.co.uk/driving-lessons/

Your theory test pass certificate is valid for 2 years of which you can apply for a practical test.

When you are using Apps or online programmes you can take mock tests to test your ability. If you are regularly passing these with good results, then that is a good indication that you are ready.

There are various materials that you can use to study for the theory test including books, Apps and websites. The most common approach is using Apps and online programmes. If you are taking driving lessons with Smart Drive UK then we will provide an online programme which you can use for free.

The easiest way to apply for a Theory test is to apply online. Follow this link to apply.
https://www.gov.uk/book-theory-test

To apply for your first provisional driving licence you need contact the DVSA. The easiest way is to follow the instructions online by clicking on the following link

https://www.gov.uk/apply-first-provisional-driving-licence

You can start your driving lessons once you have a valid UK provisional driving Licence or a full UK licence.

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